News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, September 8, 2003

SUNY New Paltz 175 Years: 1828-2003.  Rich in History - Poised for the Future


SUNY New Paltz remembers 9-11-01
Two years after the devastating events of Sept. 11, New Paltz students, faculty, staff and members of the community will join together to remember those lost and to celebrate the heroes of that unforgettable day. At noon on the Student Union Building Concourse, there will be a commemorative ceremony. Opening remarks will be made by John Agnelli, Assistant Director of College Activities and the featured speakers include Steven Poskanzer, president of New Paltz, Harrison Harvey, president of the Student Association and Pastor Paul Walley of the Student Christian Center. At 9:30 p.m. on the Student Union Building Concourse there will be the Night of Reflection Candlelight Vigil-Speak Out and March. The march will be on campus and end around the pond with the candlelight reflecting off the water.

photo of Lenape Hall construction

Photo by Alexis Dingfelder
Patriotism reigns at the construction site of Lenape Hall from an American flag, hung by construction workers.

Book smarts
Twenty SUNY New Paltz students have been recognized as outstanding graduates through "Honor with Books," a program that places a personalized bookplate in a newly purchased book for the Sojourner Truth Library. The following students were honored with bookplates this fall: Jamal D. Mantin, Rafael Perez-Rogers, Chandra Wymer, Bruno F. Battistoli, Stephanie S. Meyer, Meri Grillo, Susan Brown, Pasquale A. Catalano, James Stamant, Jessica Smith, Christopher Zottola, Darren Kimmet, David Sela, Brian Berner, Blerta Cela, Katy Sampson, Kristen Stanton, Keri Carcich, Coveney Fitzsimmons and Kathryn Long. For more information about the "Honor with Books" program, visit

Click on it!
The Athletic and Wellness Center construction

You can now watch the construction unfold! A new Web cam has been instaled making it possible to watch every step of the construction at the future Athletic and Wellness Center. Go to to watch the progress as it happens.

Student events throughout the years
This year marks 175 years of higher education at SUNY New Paltz. Alongside higher learning there is tradition, student organizations and activities. For a fun and informational feature story on 175 years of student activities at SUNY New Paltz, visit the 175th anniversary Web site at

Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend
Soccer games, afternoon tea, concerts, hikes, birthday cake, a planetarium show and much more are all part of Reunion Weekend at SUNY New Paltz, October 3-5. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Let's Celebrate!
175th and 325th Birthday Celebration, October 4

On Saturday, October 4, at Hasbrouck Park, join in the special celebration of the 175th birthday of the university and the 325th anniversary of the founding of the town of New Paltz. There will be live entertainment from the Riverbank Banjo Band and others, table demonstrations and exhibits from many of the communities organizations from 1-5 p.m. and a festive cutting of the birthday cake at 2 p.m. with special guest servers.


Wenshan Jia (Communication & Media and Asian Studies Program) is participating in a online conference, "Cultures of Authority in Asian Practice," Sept. 2-6. This event, sponsored by The East-West Center and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with Professor Roger Ames as the moderator, is the culmination of a three-year grant provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities. Jia's paper accepted by the conference is "Contemporary Chinese Culture is Still a Culture of the Wei (Positioning)-Ming (Naming)-Lianmian (Face) Continuum," which is available at

Rimer Cardillo (Art) has been selected to exhibit his works on paper in Poland and France. The photo-silkscreen series "Birds from Gardiner" will be on display at the 2003 International Print Triennial of Cracow, beginning in September. Other works from the series will be shown at the exhibition, Aquaforta Cont ra Cyfra, in Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole and at Galleria Studio in Warsaw. Three of his prints from the series of "Vanishing Tapestries" will be part of the "Intersecting Circles: Metaphors of Caribbean and Latin American Trans-nationalism" exhibit opening on Sept. 12 at the Dominik Rostworowski gallery in Krakow, as part of Festival 2003, a parallel event of the International Print Triennial. Later, on Sept. 26, the same show will be open at L'espace Alexandre Dumas in Paris, France.

Professor Lewis Brownstein (Political Science and International Relations) will speak Sept. 23, at the Jewish Community Center (North Chestnut Street in New Paltz) on "Killing in the Name of God: Religion and Terror in the 21st Century." The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Members of the congregation and students are free. There is a $5 fee for non-members.


Damu Radhakrishnan and Baback Izadi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) organized a workshop entitled "Methodologies in Low Power Design" in conjunction with The 2003 International Multiconference in Computer Science and Computer Engineering in Las Vegas, Nev., June 23-26. At the workshop, Radhakrishanan and Izadi published the following two papers, co-authored by graduate students at SUNY New Paltz: "Low-Power Dynamic Scheduling in Heterogeneous Systems" appeared in, Proceedings of the International Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications, pp. 261-267, June 2003, which was co-authored by Saumya Upppaluri; and "Power Optimized Combinational Logic Design" appeared in, Proceedings of the International Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications, pp. 223-227, June 2003, which was co-authored by Rakesh Menon, Saritha Chennupati and Naveen Samala.


Ray Bryant has been appointed to Interim Director of University Police. Bryant started at New Paltz in 1977 and became a Lieutenant in 1983. He has held assignments as an Investigator, Administrative Lieutenant and Training Counselor at the University Police Academy in Albany. Bryant has an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Ulster Community College and a B.S. in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz.

Jesse Valiante-Colvin has returned to New Paltz as the Complex Director of Scudder Hall. As an undergraduate at New Paltz, Colvin was a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader and an Administrative Program Assistant to the orientation program. Colvin graduated from New Paltz in 2003 with a B.A. in Art Education. Prior to taking the Complex Director position at New Paltz, Colvin worked at the Culinary Institute of America as a Complex Director.

John Agnelli is the new Assistant Director of College Activities. He comes to this position from the Department of Residence Life, where he was the Complex Director of Scudder Hall. Agnelli replaces S. Craig Mourton, who is currently working as the Director of Student Life at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Agnelli brings a student-centered approach and a new outlook to College Activities.

photo of Heather Downey


Heather Downey (2003) is one of six student-athletes who will receive the prestigious Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Robbins Scholar Athlete Award. Downey will be recognized at the ECAC Fall Convention Honors Dinner on Sept. 30 in Cape Cod, Mass. Downey graduated from New Paltz with a degree in psychology, with a concentration in industrial and organizational psychology.

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